Best Of Enemies Reviews

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September 12, 2015
Entertaining look at two gigantic egos in conflict on national television -- and of historical significance as the birth of the political TV pundit.
September 11, 2015
Reminds us how thrilling and provocative an intelligent debate can be.
September 11, 2015
A riveting look at a TV revolution.
September 4, 2015
... more measured and less fun than the encounters between Buckley and Vidal. That's not the film's fault -- the live events were charged with a suspenseful energy, the sense that real violence could break out at any moment ...
August 28, 2015
An often spell-binding account of the culture-changing television debates that took place in 1968 between conservative William F Buckley Jr and liberal Gore Vidal...Compulsive viewing.
August 27, 2015
[A] colorful and entertaining a portrait of that moment -- and the fascinating personalities who created it.
August 27, 2015
A smart, engrossing documentary about a political and media moment in the United States in the 1960s; a moment whose resonance is topical and whose reverberations have been enduring.
August 27, 2015
The film revolves around the famous feud between political pundits Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. It feeds our urge to be flies on the wall in the midst of such a fight. And it sheds light on why we all share that dark desire.
August 27, 2015
Best of Enemies is a spellbinding story, a poignant tale of foibles among greatness, and a vivid portrait of events that were like the year they occurred -- a stark line between what was, and what thereafter would be.
August 26, 2015
Neville and Gordon do especially well to capture the emotional gravity of the political situation and demand the audience's attention.
August 25, 2015
The filmmakers argue persuasively, with some oversimplification, that the prolonged joust was a final watershed of public debate and a harbinger of what we'd get in its place: paid pundits, usually wrong, screaming at each other.
August 25, 2015
Best of Enemies, like most documentaries, generally feels as though it'd be more at home within a much shorter running time, and yet there's no denying that the movie provides an eye-opening look at two intensely compelling (and competitive) figures.
August 23, 2015
Works so well because the filmmakers understand that the personalities at the center of the fray should anchor things.
August 21, 2015
From a modern vantage point, the level of their conversation is astonishingly high -- at least until it degenerated. But then, that degeneration has its share of fascinations too.
August 21, 2015
It goes down easy enough, and in this day and age, waiting until the end credits to include the obligatory Jon Stewart clip classifies as restraint.
August 21, 2015
What followed [in the debates] was not so much a clash of well-articulated ideas as a clash of highly articulate persons who regarded ideas as ammunition.
August 20, 2015
The details of what went down are fascinating, but the ultimate focus of Best of Enemies is television and this demonstration that it can be both eminently viewable and illuminating.
August 20, 2015
It worked because both participants knew how to produce witty remarks on cue ...
August 15, 2015
Between the hyperbole and fudged history, the directors deliver a rather insightful, evenhanded profile of two know-it-alls who never knew when to shut up.
August 14, 2015
Smart, insightful, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining.
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